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Feb 22, 2010
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Timer
by: Matt

I agree it depends on where you are. Same etiquette applies as for going in front of shushin during a match. It?s better to go behind them if you are on the far side.

The 'timer' is usually opposite the judge panel and calls time when given a signal by the sensei on the panel. When going to your starting position initially do not walk between him and the judging panel if you are on the far side, go behind him.

Also, try not to drift too far from the center during your match, you want the judges to be able to see you, and if they have to stop you to bring you back to center, it can reflect poorly on you (more towards shodan and up tests)

Kendo-Guide.Com: Thanks, Matt. 

About keeping ourselves in the center.  It is also true when we do shiai.  I was told to strike where the referees can see my strikes better.  So positioning is very important part of shiai, if you fight in shiai.

Feb 22, 2010
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Biggest mistakes in Kendo Promotion Exam
by: Matt

The big mistakes I usually see for exams are people walk in front of the timer (go behind him) or they stand around lazily when they are waiting their turn (on deck). If you are standing you should be in shizentai and keep your upper body relaxed.

Kendo-Guide.Com: Matt, mate! You are good! Could not agree more about the etiquette. It is very sad to see many examinees standing like normal people (they looks like they do not do kendo).


I am not too sure about going around behind the timer. It depends on where he/she is. Usually the timer should be right next to the panel or somewhere closer to them. In some case, one of the panel time the exam.

Thanks for the good comment.

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